Every day, nearly 7,000 people die in America. And when these deaths happen suddenly, or under suspicious circumstances, we assume there will be a thorough investigation, just like we see on popular crime scene investigation television shows. But the reality is very different.
In over 1,300 counties across America, elected coroners, many with no medical or scientific background, are in charge of death investigations. Nationwide there is a severe shortage of competent forensic pathologists to do autopsies. The rate of autopsies - the gold standard of death investigation - has plummeted over the decades. As a result, not only do murderers go free and innocent people go to jail, but the crisis in death investigation in America is also a threat to public health. FRONTLINE correspondent Lowell Bergman reports the results of a joint investigation with ProPublica, NPR, and the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley.
Producer: Lowell Bergman, Carl Byker
Executive Producer: David Fanning
Production Company: National Public Radio
Production Year: 2011
Copyright Year: 2011
Narrator: Lowell Bergman
Talent: Lowell Bergman, C. Thompson, Mosi Secret, Sandra Bartlett, Ryan Gabrielson
Writers: Carl Byker, Lowell Bergman
Subtitle Language: English (SDH)
Audio Format: Stereo
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen